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September 2021 Newsletter

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This month we have a floor loom weaving project, an art yarn spinning technique, and an exciting calendar of events for Spinning & Weaving Week. With September here, it’s time to start planning your holiday gift making and purchasing. Join us all season for great crafted gift ideas to make on your Schacht products. Remember to place your holidays orders with your local dealer early this year!

Reflections of a Summer

Designed by Judy Pagels

Sunlight in the early morning and pre-dusk is especially magical to me. I’m enchanted by the intensity of the light and how it plays off the greenery of the trees and plants at these times. This visual variety of shades and contrasts of light and dark inspired a botanical panel that will remind me of the lush greens of summer all year long.

In this fabulous end-of-summer wall hanging, Judy combines 2/2 twill with discharge dyeing. She walks us through each step of testing yarn, weaving, and adding—okay, removing—a spray of leaves with a stencil and bleach gel.

Find the pattern here.

Lockspinning

By Alex Reynoso

Lockspinning is one of my favorite art yarn techniques. Yarn spun in this way resembles the sheep, goat, or alpaca you’re spinning. It can be a great way to add texture and a sheepier feel to your projects. In lockspinning, you work with minimally processed locks to preserve their original texture. Here I used mohair and Border Leicester locks, but other longwool breeds work too: try Gotland, Cotswold, Teeswater, Wensleydale and even suri alpaca. I highly suggest mixing breeds and colors, dyed and natural, to add more depth into your art yarn.

Learn the technique here.

Spinning & Weaving Week 2021

Spinning & Weaving Week is just around the corner, from October 4 to October 10. Read about our upcoming events below and start planning how you’ll celebrate.

Pattern Weaving Mini-Course

Are you a floor loom weaver ready to begin exploring new worlds of patterning? In Schacht’s Pattern Weaving Mini-Course, Sienna Bosch will walk you through the steps of warping, weaving, and finishing a gorgeous satchel bag. This course will be hosted on Schacht’s School of Textile Arts online platform and is ideal for weavers who are new to pattern weaving.

This course will release during Spinning & Weaving Week; it will remain available after that.

Catch the introductory price$15 through September 20th, then $35 starting September 21st.

Learn more here!

Introduction to Inkle Weaving

Date: October 9, 2021 from 9 am to 4 pm MST
Location: Schacht Spindle Company in Boulder, Colorado
Cost: $95 (includes materials)

Inkle looms are simple looms that allow you to make guitar straps, belts, bookmarks, and so much more. In this class, we will make a set of fun keychains. You will learn the foundations of inkle weaving, from warping the loom to weaving. We’ll weave simple patterns and begin exploring pick-up patterns. This class is for beginning inkle loom weavers—no experience necessary.

The class includes all materials and use of an inkle loom while we meet. If you want to take your loom home, you can purchase it at the end of the class.

Purchase the course here!

Premiere of “Spinning Wheels from Schacht Spindle Company”

Considering a new wheel? This video is for you! We’re bringing all of our wheels together in one video so you can choose the perfect one. Our in-house experts discussthe great features of each wheel as they take us on a spinning journey.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and be the first to know when it publishes during Spinning & Weaving Week.

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Spin-in at Longmont Yarn Shoppe

We are planning a collaborative spin-in with Longmont Yarn Shoppe during Spinning & Weaving Week. The date and time of this are TBD—stay tuned!

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